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Godess LADA
"The Slavic goddess of love and beauty, who appears as Freya, Isis, or Aphrodyte with other peoples. It is, of course, linked to the planetary power of Venus who is, besides love and beauty, associated with fertility. Lada is represented as a girl with long golden hair sometimes with a wreath of ears of grain braided into her hair, which symbolises her function of fertility deity thus making her an aspect of Mother of Wet Land. A symbol of Sun, a mark of lifegiving power was sometimes on her breasts. As a fertility goddess, Lada has her annual cycles, which can be shown by the belief that she resides in the dwelling place of the dead until the vernal equinox comes. This world of the dead is called Irij, and here, besides Lada, dwells Veles, the horned god of cattle. At the moment when Lada is supposed to come out into the world and bring spring, Gerovit opens the door of Irij letting the fertility goddess bless the earth. At the end of summer, Lada returns to Irij (there is a similar myth in German mythology in which Freya spends a part of the year underground among the elves, whereas Greek Persefona dwells in Had during the winter period). Although her reign begins on the 21st of March, Lada is primarily the goddess of summer. She follows Vesna, the Slavic spring goddess. However, both of these goddesses are associated with fertility so sometimes it can sometimes be difficult to separate their functions. As we can see, Lada's reign begins in spring, the proof of which is ladenj, another name for April, given after this goddess. Apart from the Sun, Lada is also associated with rain and hot summer nights, the ideal time for paying respect to the love goddess.

Lada's animals are a cock, a deer, an ant and an eagle, whereas her plants are a cherry, a dandelion, a linden and a peony. Besides Venus, Lada is connected with the constilation of Taurus, which Aleksandar Asov wrote about in The Slavic Astrology. Here, we can once again see here her function of fertility goddess, whose reign begins in spring, mix with the function of the goddess Vesna. A myth says that Lada is married to Svarog who is only with her help able to create the world. According to another one, she is a companion of Jarilo, thus associated with Aphrodyte, whose lover is Ares. Rituals performed in Lada's honour are most often linked with contracting marriages, or choosing a spouse. One of the known rites is ladarice, also performed under the name of kraljice in Serbia..."
source: http://www.starisloveni.com/English/Lada.html

& https://journeyingtothegoddess.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/goddess-lada/

'White Swan', Ballad on Gusli (music instrument) by Kiril Bogomilov https://youtu.be/vrTzHAdpl8g

painting 'Lada' by Igor Ozhiganov
source with more art - http://www.perunica.ru/russkie_xudozhniki/6488-hudozhnik-igor-ozhiganov.html
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"... According to ancient Slavic myths and legends we live in the world of Yav. Our reality is surrounded by a number of worlds that are invisible to our senses. There are times when we can actually catch a glimpse of a parallel world, but it happens only occasionally and under special circumstances.

Slavic mythology teaches us that before can move from our world to the worlds of Prav and Nav, that are higher dimensions that are certain tasks we must fist accomplish successfully. The world of Yav is 1st grade and when we die, we are transferred to the 2nd grade – the world of Legs. However, if we fail to complete the “program” during our time in the world of Yav, then we are re-born as many times as necessary in order to complete the program. Now, here comes the truly interesting part. We can be re-born on another “earth” as there are many worlds in the world of Yav. So, this doesn’t mean will necessary end up on planet Earth.

The reincarnation process in Slavic mythology can be compared to how it feels going to school. According to Slavic folklore, there are individuals that are more troublesome than others and all they do are causing problems and preventing others from learning. When these people fail the “educational” program here on the world of Yav then they are sent to a special school called “Peklo”. The word means in English “hell”.

...There are instructors who are responsible for the education of individuals who reside in the world of Yav. Each and one of these teachers is a “Bog Protector” and they can help answering questions.

The Goddess Makosh is responsible for the educational plan of each individual. Together with her daughters Dolya (Fate) and Nedolya (Doom), Makosh spins the thread of destiny for each individual. Dmitriy Kushnir writes in his book The Slavic Way that “this education plan is different for each individual and has mandatory exams which cannot be avoided. It also has a lesson plan that can be chosen by that individual and adjusted if need be. Each individual in the World of Yav’ has a mentor from a 2nd grade (the world of Legs), and that is his Guardian Leg (Guardian Angel in Christianity).

Other Bogi are simply teachers in various subjects. At the end of this life, when a person dies, he has to complete an exit exam in front of the panel of his teachers (Bogi). Our Ancestors referred to this exit exam as the triple-trial: the trial by Conscience, the trial by Ancestors and the trial by Bogi. If the exam is successfully completed, and the person has followed his destiny in life, he is allowed to ascend to the next world of Legs.”

In this life in Yav’, some individuals can travel to other worlds, but only Death permanently separates one from his physical body.

The reincarnation concept as presented in Slavic folklore is quite fascinating. The thought behind our purpose on this world reminds of an Aboriginal proverb that says: “We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home. “
full article with links for more re-search: http://www.messagetoeagle.com/fascinating-slavic-mythology-offers-surprising-insight-into-the-mystery-of-reincarnation/#ixzz4YhIHWSdO

Painting made by Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom (1876) - http://www.ilyarepin.org/

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Goddess queens, exquisite scenes -- Let's play!

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It is easy to become absorbed in routine,
habitual places and behaviors. Small variances
feel like treats. Little pings of awareness that
different choices are possible, even minor ones,
are welcome diversions. To be strongly here and now
allows respite from that liquid fire of unwanted
memories, worse, contemplation of unrelenting
continuation.
Night creatures are skittish, unwilling to be seen.
Our stories are not for friendly campfires.
Our songs are silent, not of valor nor love,
simple cadences to drown out less pleasant sounds.
Night is more constrained in cities coldly lit
by technologies serving commerce than in
the ever more theoretical wild. Still, artificial
light reaches only where it is paid for.
People of means know the value of judicious darkness.
The dark is an element, as strong a force as water,
fire, wind, chthonic earth. Even when, where,
we can see the starry firmament, those distant suns
are but shining points in vast darkness.
What is more fitting to believe in? Those who
worship light are doomed to disappointments.
Perhaps I would be less constrained, more wild
and free, even healing my constant wounds,
in what is left of more natural terrains.
Can the dead heal?
I have dwelt so long, for all my endless years,
among these low lifes of man, in these urban
jungles of guns, knives, desperation.
This is how I know to be.
With eternity to contemplate, it might make sense
to experience that natural world while it still
exists.
Strangely, I am neither tempted nor compelled
by reason. What I am is not comfortable,
not secure, not rational. I am accepting this
existence by instinct. I move through, day by
night, an inevitability. I am caught in the force
of darkness, tumbled, shaped, made whole.



http://nightspages.blogspot.com/2013/10/dark.html

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NORSE MYTHOLOGY ART CONTEST
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Kids, Teens & Adults: Norse Mythology Art Contest has three age groups on theme of "Freyja at Midwinter." Judges are Rufus Dayglo (Judge Dredd) & Diana Paxson (Avalon Series). We have prizes for winners in each age group. Follow link for details. PLEASE SHARE.
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The chill in the air has become pronounced. I dig out and launder sweaters, long underwear for Celia’s and my daily walks in the park. Gold and red leaves, colors becoming muddied on the trees, ever more of them drift along the ground. Early morning walks are met by frost and lingering darkness. Darkness encroaches earlier on the day. Spooky sparsely leaved trees make an imprint against the faded light, chill and blowing a mournful tune.

We are building a collage of junk mail circular images glued onto cardboard at the kitchen table in lieu of travel. Celia is comforted by her familiar routines and surroundings; she enjoys playing this game of fantasy, like putting on a play without fuss or break in spontaneity. I also enjoy the simulated adventures, the sense of possibilities.

Tom misses us, wants me to come home. Mom wants me to stay in this home we are building, our fantasy bubble where she feels safe, able to express what is left in her that demands sharing.

I told Tom I will return to him in the Spring. Meanwhile we can play at building our winter fantasies, apart but shared. It is a different kind of intimacy, exploring alternative forms of language, of touching, discovering, with other kinds of senses. He is not happy about our separation, but is intrigued enough to give this game a chance to enthrall — because we both believe in magic. Good magic work requires discipline and will, and excellent skills of metaphoric translation, transformation through psychic manipulation of subtle energies. The journeyman wizard in Tom appreciates the challenge. The timeless romantic imp in me enjoys the adventure of our game. Isn’t that what life so excellently can be, a romantic adventure, much more than a game of chance — a game of chances to fly or drive or quietly walk through charming wonderland hand in hand with wild laughing love.

I watch Celia across the room, stoic and cheerful, that intense underlying sadness acting as a restful foundation, where she has made her peace with disappointment and stale dreams. This place is filled with the products of her busy hands, beautiful needlework furnishings for human comfort, luscious growing green and flowering plants, some bearing fruit or savory herbal spices. Her self-contained world expresses her natural beauty. I understand her need to share, to be led by my acceptance into opening further to herself. I understand that she is wise, that I can be humbled and encouraged by her wisdom. These are lessons out of the everyday, yet lessons we can find everyday, any day, if we will to learn. Wise magic power is not about power over; it can be even more meaningful as power with intimate others. We exchange, merge, grow. Love, beauty, wisdom the will to magical life, isn’t that enough of a glorious game to engage with? Why all the petty bickerings and mean spirits? Is it that people think we are owed treasure we do not create together? Is the accepted myth of an omniscient dispenser of largess dividing us, each attempting to sacrifice the rest to find favor? Are these traps of DNA or cultural legend learned survival strategies? Are they a darker and far more clouded kind of magic?



http://caelastory.blogspot.com/2009/08/persephone-in-fall.html

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Ice-breaking
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Get people talking.
Minds engaged, relating.
Interchanges, connections
excite,
generate synergy.
Diversity finds flow unites;
warm colors array.
Create a day
unlike the past.
Choir’s harmonic magic
breaks frozen thrall,
isolating spell
silence cast.
*
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Recreation at the End of the World
*
*
The end of the world as we have told ourselves it is.
Widening eyes align with changed designs, underpinnings,
first causes, metaphors, stories of us.
Disruption, distorted transition, fear and distrust
wildly gallop to trample the field, cry out the call
“Just let me rest. Just let us lie here, ashamed, afraid
to allow such blinding disarray. So much safer
to fall, over the end of the world.”
*
Could we edit together songs, pleas,
harmonize with birds, bees, thunder, settling sighs,
meme shattering symphony, dilated eyes happy to see
randomized patterns coalesce, myths reassessed,
zest of surprise?
Would we recreate deity as an image more easily
caressing, Empathy for the 21st century?
*
*
*
At the Table
*
*
You want your fond place at the table
You want to be a fellow jolly good “so say we all.”
I tell you, the table is vastly laden with
layers of little memories, which
no two see the same.
We arrive at the feast
hungry for virtue, for love, for
forgiveness of our wanton ways;
willing to be merry, to partake of
ritual, merging through
transubstantiation.
Constellations, moving, shifting,
making waves in our collective
consciousness, appear to reveal
sparkling impulses of truth.
On that warm, wet evening
taking in the sweet, evocative air,
embracing untranslated joy,
something catches in our throats.
The song we need so desperately
to share can only emerge in shards.
The pain, sucked in with our breath,
becomes one with the bread and wine.
This is the blood, the body,
marinated in salty tears, preserving
what has not yet found
appropriate release.
*
Again, and yet again
meeting, to take sustenance.
Hungry battle wounds
courageously opening,
to imbibe the healing
of grace.
*
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*
UNITE SONG
*
*
Desire
Inspires
Outmaneuvers inertia
catalyzes action, ideation,
attraction — magnetizes
elements of essence
toward true North —
fuels adventure
*
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Unite Song
*
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It’s not about
black or white
might is right
fuel to fight
*
It’s not about
East or West
who’s the best
forget the rest
*
It’s about
me and you,
if we choose,
what we can do

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Forever intertwined, Morana, goddess of winter and death, and Vesna, goddess of spring and rebirth, could not exist without each other. However, they could not possibly exist in the same place at the same time either. They are the forces that kept the ancient Slavic world turning in a cycle of death and rebirth. One goddess loved for her beauty and bounty, the other feared and hated for her ugliness and darkness. The modern traditions are an echo of how these two were once celebrated and ritually murdered, and they show how interconnected the goddesses were, and continue to be.
#slavic #mythology #morana #vesna

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"At this point of her research, Pagels had an epiphany, she said: The concept of Satan emerges when communities split. Radical groups want a clean break between themselves and their enemies, and so they describe their enemies as Satan, as devils who will one day face God's wrath.

"I realized that when people talk about Satan — like if somebody says, 'Satan is trying to take over this country' — they're not thinking of some supernatural battle up there in the sky," Pagels said. "They can give you names and addresses. They know whom they're talking about."

For instance, extremists might say, "America is the Great Satan." That's because "when people talk about Satan, they're talking about people, too," Pagels said."
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